Aspiring fashion designer wins wool competition

Hellen van Rees designs dresses from leftover yarn (thinkstock)

An aspiring fashion designer has won the chance to have one of her knitwear creations sold in Harvey Nichols after winning a wool contest.

Tegan Kersey from Branston's jumper design is to be made available in the prestigious department store after finishing first in The Campaign for Wool competition.

Burton Mail reports that the 23-year-old entered the national contest through Brighton University, where she studies textiles design for fashion and first developed her interest in knitwear.

Miss Kersey put forward a design for a Christmas-themed jumper and was picked by leading fashion and textiles experts to be sold at the store from October 15th to coincide with UK Wool Week.

She told the paper: "I decided to enter as I'm really passionate about using traditional natural fibres in my knitwear as opposed to other synthetic fibres which are becoming more widely available."

The student described winning as an "honour", and felt privileged to watch her design grown from the research and development stage to being sold in "one of the world's leading luxury fashion retailers".

"It has been the highlight of my career to date, and something I will never forget," Miss Kersey went on to add, explaining that she was keen to create a fun, stylish and, most importantly, wearable woollen jumper.

The young designer has gained experience in the fashion industry working alongside designers at DKNY in New York and Cast Creations in the UK, and is currently completing a knitwear design internship for Ann Inc New York, before she makes a return to the UK in the new year.

Building up a wide portfolio of experience and entering national competitions is a great way to get noticed in the knitwear industry, whether you want to release a haute couture woollen collection or bring out your own stylish book of knitting and crochet patterns.

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